I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
Roots for a plant are like an anchor. They have the task of securing a plant in the ground. Through whatever conditions be it wind or rain or snow or darkness, the roots are what keep a plant anchored. It keeps it upright no matter what is thrown at it. When something comes through that is strong enough it will rip up some plants but the ones that had strong enough roots will remain standing.
Ultimately, in ministry, you are growing up and being built up in Christ-likeness and we are to be living out that Christ-likeness. It will manifest itself in our lives and in our service to Christ. We build up to and live out that Christ-likeness in 3 primary ways:
1. Instruction in the Word of God.
2. Personal study in the Word of God.
3. Engaging in Ministry (Serving of others).
True Ministry is born out of a true love for Christ.
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. (Colossians 1:29 NASB)
Paul said that for the purpose of proclaiming Christ and seeing each saint come to be complete in Christ, he labors and strives. And the energy and the power by which he labors is found in the very person he is laboring to proclaim.
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
We have seen that Paul knew the origin, the focus, and the purpose of his ministry. Now, I want to shift our attention to the point and the power of Paul's ministry.